Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori described Roger Federer as an "alien" as he is impressed with how short it takes for the Swiss to regain his form. Federer underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, before returning to the court in 2021.
In his fifth tournament played in 2021, Federer made the Wimbledon quarterfinal. "Federer is an alien, only he can make a comeback in such a short period. Even Djoko & Nadal needed time, that's normal. There are many players who couldn't come back on court, but Federer needs only a few tourneys to regain his form, he is a different creature," Nishikori told Number Web.
Kei "Federer is an alien, only he can make a comeback in such a short period. Even Djoko & Nadal needed time, that's normal. There are many players who couldn't come back on court, but Federer needs only a few tourneys to regain his form, he is a different creature" @numberweb pic.twitter.com/aSB2rXS5NQ — 井蛙堂 (@seiadoumogera) January 10, 2022
Nishikori, Federer out of the Australian Open
Nishikori, who was forced to miss the last four tournaments he had on his schedule for 2021, also suffered a setback at the start of 2022.
"Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you a healthy and happy 2022," Nishikori started his statement. "A little update from me that is less positive unfortunately Since the end of last year I have been struggling with my hip.
It's not 100% recovered yet and I will have to pull out of the Aussie swing. "This is very disappointing as the Australian Open feels like my home Grand Slam. The Asian Grand Slam. And can't wait to be back next year.
I'm working hard on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back on the court soon. "Thanks for your support." Recently, Nishikori became a father for the first time in his life. 2014 US Open runner-up Nishikori insisted his motivation for the game hasn't changed after becoming a father.
"My motivation for tennis has not changed, it's not affected by fatherhood. For me motivation for raising a child or love for my child has nothing to do with motivation for tennis at all at the moment," Nishikori told Nikkan Sports.